Showing posts from December, 2018

Police Thanked For Supporting Blood And Organ Donation Drive

The mum of a murdered Luton teenager has thanked Bedfordshire Police after officers and staff took part in a Know Your Type event to encourage people to sign up for blood and organ donation.

The regional NHS Blood and Transplant team visited the force’s headquarters in Kempston and its station in Luton over two days in December, in events organised after staff were affected by the story of Azaan Kaleem, 18, who was murdered in Luton in March.

Azaan received 17 units of blood and 17 platelets as doctors battled in vain to save his life. His family wanted to donate his organs to save lives but it was not possible as officers needed to retain them for their investigation.

Roseann Taylor, Azaan’s mother, said: “It was heart-breaking at the time, not just because my son had been murdered, but because we knew, in all likelihood, more than one life was being lost.

“I will forever be indebted to those whose blood gave Azaan a fighting chance, while also giving me and my family time to say go…

Generous Charity Gift From Local Golf Club

Luton’s Young@Heart dementia cafe will be able to start a film club following a generous cash donation from the town’s South Beds Golf Club.

The golf club’s 2018 Club Captain Doug Christie and Ladies Captain Barbara Dulson led the challenge to raise £5,000 for the charity, and the cheque was presented on Friday (December 14).
Doug said: “I have personal family knowledge about the impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, so it is very close to the heart for me.

“Young@Heart is a fantastic and very deserving cause for the work the volunteers do in the community for people living with dementia and their families and carers. They need the money to set up a film club to watch dementia friendly movies and to fund other activities for guests”
South Beds Golf Club raised the huge amount from raffles, donations, golf and social events, and special collection boxes at the club during the last 12 months.

The cheque was gratefully received by Maria Collins and Christine Boyd, co-founders of Yo…

Dementia choir will be singing at London Luton Airport next week

Passengers at Luton Luton Airport on Wednesday, December 12, will be serenaded by a Christmas choir with a difference.

Two choirs made up of local people who are living with dementia, their family carers, and volunteers will be singing familiar festive tunes.

The Young@Heart dementia café and the Stopsley Singing Café have teamed up for the special event which will help prove that people who are living with conditions including Alzheimer’s disease are still able to play a full role in society. Together they are known as Friends With Voices.

Maria Collins, of Young@Heart, and the home care company Home Instead Luton and Central Bedfordshire, has organised the event.

She said: “Singing is a proven way that people with dementia can reconnect with their memories.

“Music has a special way of helping people to remember events and times past - and because Christmas carols are deeply ingrained in all our memories, it is an exceptionally powerful way of reconnecting.

“It is wonderful that Lon…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.